Saturday, February 27, 2010

New, young faces for 2014 elections: PM

Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has urged Fiji's young generation to be more involved in politics as his government welcomes new faces in the political arena ahead of the 2014 elections.

Speaking to FijiLive, Bainimarama urged the younger generation not to shy away from politics but rather be a part of it.

“What we want is young people to be involved in the Forum and be part of the government,” he said.

“They need to change their mentality about leaving the country in the hands of older politicians. We want young people with new ideas involved in running of the country,” the PM stated.

This comes after earlier comments by the PM that no members from the Fiji Labour Party, National Federation Party or the SDL will be allowed to run for elections in 2014.

“We want new faces with new ideas to be running the government and this is something we have learnt from the past,” Bainimarama added.

He also said they are currently going over the names of people who had applied to be a part of the National Dialogue Forum.

The Forum was expected to begin on February 1, but according to Bainimarama, it has been delayed following numerous applications from former politicians.

On the issues to be discussed in the forum, Bainimarama said they will discuss anything and everything there was to from People’s Charter to elections.

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